Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Break Me In by Sara Brookes plus Giveaway!

Please join me in welcoming Sara Brookes to my blog today with her new release Break Me In. Take it away Sara…

Thanks Lily.

When I first told another author friend of mine that I was going to write a hero who was an alcoholic, I thought she was going to pitch over out of her seat. Even my husband asked why I would write a story about someone who had such a severe problem, especially in an erotic romance. 

And so Break Me In was born.

To me, it was a perfect opportunity to take someone who was settled down deep into his problems and give him a fabulous new life he could be proud to live. I first introduced Alex to readers in the first book of the series, Taking Over Me. He and his wife had just recently split and, needless to say, he was dealing with some real problems. It wasn’t until I started writing Break Me In, the third book of the series, that I realized just how deep Alex’s problems went. But as I started digging and digging, I discovered something so wonderful, I knew I was on the right path. 

Break Me In is the ultimate story of love, lust and redemption. 


Inching closer to the wide panoramic window, she spotted the man in question behind the counter. He tapped the excess grounds out into a bin and absently dropped the filter basket into the sink full of soapy water. Turning back, he poured the dark liquid into a demitasse cup and leaned against the counter as he sipped.

His face reflected a look of surprise. He was obviously pleased with whatever mixture he’d come up with. Satisfied, he downed the rest of the contents and spun to wash the cup. It was then she noticed a slight sway in his hips.

If she listened carefully enough she heard the beat of U2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday.

Curious, she stepped forward and pressed her hands against the glass. He moved effortlessly to the beat, perfectly in sync with the rhythm of the song. His head bopped, his lips moving as he sang the words.

The man couldn’t carry a tune to save his life.

Never stopped him from having a little fun with it. In high school they’d frequented quite a few karaoke establishments. But late in their sophomore year of college he said he didn’t have time for their outings anymore. There were a lot of things he’d turned a cold shoulder to for reasons only he knew. If her suspicions were correct the reason had Vivian’s name tattooed all over it in fat, black permanent marker.

The muted sound of glass breaking caught her attention. A cold knot of dismay formed in her stomach as she watched Alex rinse out beer bottle after beer bottle before discarding each into the recycle bin just a few feet away. She counted at least eight before her disgust forced her to stop keeping score.

Oh Alex, what are you doing to yourself?


Elena avoids relationships by using her flogger as a shield. Alex is struggling with substance abuse and Elena will do nearly anything to help him conquer his demons, even risk losing him forever. When he comes home, whole and healthy, he raises the stakes by requesting their friendship turn to a D/s bond. His submission will change their dynamic forever. She convinces herself it’s just sex. Love and desire aren’t part of the equation.

Under Elena’s reverent command, Alex finds a comfort he’s always yearned for. He’s happier than ever as he spends his days slinging coffee and his nights bound and collared. Submitting to Elena exposes more than his strengths—it reveals a powerful attraction. Most of all, it uncovers their passionate love. He’s ready to convince her there’s no reason to mask her feelings, but his efforts are derailed when his toxic past resurfaces to annihilate their future.

Warning: A hunky, tortured barista. A seductive, stubborn Domme. Desire that can’t be tamed by cuffs, ropes and chains. And angst. So much drama and angst, John Hughes would be proud. Being bad never felt so good.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me here today, Lily!

  2. Heartbreaking but so very real. I'm glad that you've brought a taboo subject (alcoholism, not the kink ;-)) to the forefront.

    Fantastic excerpt, and wishing you much success with this new release, Sara.

  3. I don't mind them having some flaws and finding redemption but I am afraid that I have my personal buttons that can be pushed by certain taboos being broken which can turn me off of some stories. This sounds like an emotional read, thanks for sharing and good luck with the new release (and thanks for the giveaway!)

  4. It makes them more, real, human. Of course like anyone there are flaws that hit a nerve with me, I continue to read the story even if I become uncomfortable, unless it really becomes more than I can take.

    Shannon F